It is a little known fact that eleven African American convicts arrived in Australia on the First Fleet in 1788. Two of these ex-slaves were the author’s ancestors. In extensively researched poems, award-winning writer Judy Johnson vividly portrays scenes from her black forebears’ lives, both before transportation and afterwards, in the fledgling colony of New South Wales.
Shortlisted - 2018 NSW Premier's Literary Awards (Multicultural NSW)
Highly Commended - 2017 Wesley Michel Wright Prize
Praise for Dark Convicts
Written with affecting humanity and empathy, Dark Convicts is both a revision of assumptions about colonisation, race and identity, and a powerful remembrance of pioneers whitewashed from Australian history. NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS, JUDGES' COMMENTS